|Kelvin Calhoun II-6'4 C South Euclid|
Last weekend, Kelvin Calhoun II, a 6’4 C from South Euclid, Ohio was one of 4 Ohio kids to make the trek to Chicago for John Lucas’ Camp Right Way regional camp. According to a Brian Merritt, who is in charge of player selection for Lucas, Calhoun logged in an impressive performance as one of the top big men at the event. “Calhoun has high major potential,” said Merritt. “He needs to continue to develop a left hand, but the potential is there. He can be either a starter or ride the bench at the highest level, depending on his continued development,” Merritt said.
Prior to his MVP performance at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase in September, Calhoun was only really known to basketball fans in northeast Ohio; however, the 6’4 eighth grader’s performance at the event convinced some people that he has the potential to be the top big man in the state going forward. For his efforts, Calhoun has been invited to Lucas’ International Combine in Houston, Texas in May. An invitation the event is hard to come by, as only 100 7th and 8th grade players are invited, and that includes international kids. Also, as an example of the prestige of the event, of the 43 players invited to the tryout for Team USA, 27 of them had attended the combine in the past.
Joining Calhoun in Chicago were Tommy Schmock (8th grade), Yael Hill (7th grade) and Derrick Veasley Jr. (7th grade). Although Calhoun was the only player to receive an invite, Merritt noted that Derrick Veasley Jr. was a player he intended to keep an eye on in the future. On another note, Michigan’s Brian Bowen, another standout out at September’s Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase, made some noise of his own and received an invitation as well. Merritt described Bowen as skilled, athletic with a motor. Bowen will reportedly be running with King James next spring and summer. Congrats to Calhoun and the other players for participating in the event.